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STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS Review

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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I’m not going to beat around the bush here, Star Trek: Into Darkness is awesome. Go see it now!!!! This will be a relatively spoiler-free review, I won’t spoil Benedict Cumberbatch’s identity or the major plot twists.

Star Trek: Into Darkness takes place a short while after the events of the 2009 Star Trek. All your favorites from the original return: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, John Cho as Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Chekov. New additions to the cast include Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain “John Harrison,” Alice Eve as Carol Marcus, and Peter Weller as Admiral Marcus. From the first frame of this film, we’re immersed in a fast paced action charged ride. I saw the film in 3D, and even though I think the format is a cash grab and a way to exploit movie goers, I have to admit this was some of the best 3D I have seen yet.

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The film centers around 5 primary locations: the opening takes place on the planet Niribu (the planet with the red plants from the trailer), Earth (primarily Starfleet HQ in San Francisco), the Klingon home world of Kronos, the Enterprise, and Admiral Marcus’ warship the USS Vengeance. It makes for a nice mixture of locales, and you’re never in the same spot long enough to get bored with the location. There are numerous “WOW” moments in the film, beginning with the Enterprise rising from the ocean of Niribu near the start of the film. Kronos was a great addition, and while we don’t see the populated cities or capitol, the outskirt area we see is fun and features one of the film’s best action sequences.

So let’s talk “John Harrison.”  The controversy surrounding the film was, “Who is he really?”  I can tell you now, that it doesn’t matter. Cumberbatch’s performance is so great he could be called “Polly Prissy Pants” and still be utterly terrifying one moment and tragically sympathetic the next. He is the shining star of the new cast members. Every syllable he utters drips with malice and threats. He’s a serious person, and he means serious business. If you’ve seen the trailers, you know that he has enhanced strength and other super-traits. I gave Abrams a lot of grief for making such a big deal out of Cumberbatch’s identity, and after seeing the film, I get it. There are so many other questions, spoilers, and surprises that are bigger in the film, and while us geeks and nerds were busy trying to figure out whether he was Khan, Gary Mitchell, or someone new, we didn’t realize that Abrams kept us in the dark about EVERYTHING else. Golf Clap for Mr. Abrams.

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Like I said earlier, there’s a lot of action in this film. There are chases through the jungle, fist fights, fire fights, ship to ship battles, and everything in between. Kirk and Co. never get a break, it’s running and fighting the whole time for the gang. While Chris Pine is once again amazing as Kirk, making you forget that the part was so iconically portrayed by William Shatner, it is Zachary Quinto that steals the show this time. His portrayal of Spock is incredible to watch as he traverses the difficult emotional waters of his feelings for Uhura, his friendship with Kirk, and his anger at the thought of losing them. Leonard Nimoy is an amazing Spock, but when it comes to acting, he cannot hold a candle to Quinto.

My only real gripe is that Karl Urban’s Dr. McCoy sometimes borders on over-the-top and awkward. It’s the same as his performance in the original, brilliant at times and cringe-worthy at other times. It’s a very small complaint for an otherwise flawless movie. The film clocks in at 2 hours and 13 minutes, but feels like a 45 minute episode. This is a lean and mean film with little time wasted on unnecessary material. I cannot recommend this film highly enough.

Snackbar’s Score: A++, 10/10, 5 Stars, 2 thumbs up, 2 snaps & a twist

In the pantheon of Star Trek films my preferential order goes: Wrath of Khan, Into Darkness, Undiscovered Country, Voyage Home, 2009 Reboot, Nemesis, First Contact, and the rest.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comment section below. I am curious to see if everyone else has the same reaction that I did.

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    • Just saw it tonight. I agree with David. This movie was amazing and everyone needs to see it. The only thing I disagree with is his rating systems. I give it 4 pips. In the Star Trek world that means Captain.

      • I give it 5 pips for admiral.

        –Snackbar–

    • Saw it last night! Very enjoyable film, totally agree with you on everything you said. I loved Benedict Cumberbatch, but I think that his performance was a bit over-the-top at times, as well. I’d go see it again!

    • I LOVED it!!! I thought Cumberbatch was amazing. I think the story line was completely unpredictable and captivating. My only complaint was them turning to Old Man Spock for help. If they do that every time, it’s going to get old. Plus, I thought it was silly they could contact him but not each other. Other than that, can’t wait to see it again!!!

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